Supporters of the PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation) attend a rally on April 18, 2016 in Dresden. / AFP / ROBERT MICHAEL
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The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement will appear in court Tuesday on hate speech charges for branding refugees "cattle" and "scum" on social media.If found guilty, Bachmann could face between three months and five years in jail.A trained chef and head of a public relations agency, Bachmann has previously been convicted of drug, theft and assault charges.In the late 1990s, he left Germany for South Africa to avoid a jail term, but was extradited two years later and served more than 12 months behind bars in Germany. Germany is home to four million Muslims, and many of the country's most recent arrivals adhere to the faith.
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